Meghan Blood

BOK Center Director of Marketing Meghan Blood, recently honored with an industry award, is shown getting a “green room” photo ready during a 2018 tour of the venue’s backstage areas. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World file

Venue’s Now Magazine has named BOK Center Director of Marketing Meghan Blood as one of 10 recipients of the 2019 Generation Next Award. The award honors influential young leaders (age 35 or younger) who make a difference in sports, music, conventions, family shows and festivals.

“There’s no question of Meghan’s passion for this industry,” BOK Center General Manager Casey Sparks said. “She constantly motivates those around her at BOK Center and was an integral part of making our 10-year anniversary such a success. Her passion and enthusiasm for her work make her more than deserving of this award, and we couldn’t be more proud of her.”

A news release said that, through Blood’s vision and leadership, the anniversary celebration included the execution of regional and national marketing campaigns behind the venue’s “10 for 10” concert series, which consisted of 12 sold-out shows, 180,000-plus tickets sold, more than $22 million in gross ticket sales and three tour kickoffs.

Blood was tasked with creating commemorative bottles of red and white wine, collaborating with a private vineyard in Southern California. The bottles had custom BOK Center labels and were given to the venue’s clients, agents, promoters, managers and artists.

A news release about Blood’s award said the most impressive project was a 150-page coffee table book that highlighted the venue’s history. She also facilitated media coverage of BOK Center’s 2018 successes and helped tell the story of how the arena evolved into a must-play venue.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized as an influential leader in an industry that is bursting with so much talent,” Blood said. “There are many people throughout my career that have contributed to my success. The current staff at BOK Center is no exception. Without them always striving to be the best and keeping BOK Center as a top-notch venue, I wouldn’t have even been considered for this award. It belongs as much to them as it does to me.”

Award winners were determined by vote through Venue’s Now subscribers and staff and will be profiled in the June issue of Venue’s Now Magazine.

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Jimmie is a pop culture and feature writer at the Tulsa World. A former Oklahoma sports writer of the year, he has written books about former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer and former Oklahoma State football coach Pat Jones. Phone: 918-581-8389